The 2022 Maximum Gratitude Minimal Stuff Recap
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Subscribers have grown by 75% since last January, which makes me happy. This is the 106th post I've written this year, and a dozen of those posts were featured on Joshua Becker's site No Sidebar.com, including How a Naked Table Benefits My Life Every Day. I've also become a regular guest author on The Simplify Daily.com, and the huge financial newsletter Apex Money.com, curated by J.D. Roth and Jim Wang, quoted from and directed their readers to several of my posts, including The Best Holiday Gift List I've Seen This Year.
I also published four books in 2022: the revised and expanded 3rd edition of A Minimalist Holiday, the revised and expanded 2nd edition of Uncluttered, a fun book of experiments called The Minimalist Challenge, and my guided journal/inspirational handbook, Maximum Gratitude.* I'm working on something new right now, and hope to introduce it in the spring.
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Top 7 posts in 2022 as determined by readers
We live in a world that constantly pushes for more, yet most of us have tons of excess belongings and plenty of luxuries. Can we learn to be content with enough?
How do you declutter when so many things seem to "spark joy?" Instead of Marie Kondo's suggestion, ask better questions to reach your clutter-free goal.
We aren't truly decluttering if we simply remove something whenever we buy something new. Here's how to escape the shop 🠆 purge 🠆 shop again cycle.
A capsule wardrobe lets you buy less clothing that you can love and wear with ease. This 4-step process is one tool for creating a minimalist closet.
Develop habits that keep clutter and grime out of your home and enjoy a relaxing, clean space with less effort. These simple tasks take just minutes.
Experiments teach us what works or doesn't work and what we might like to make a permanent part of our lives. See how much peace and pleasure you gain by streamlining some daily tasks.
Create happiness today with hygge, the Danish ideal of ease and contentment. Not just for winter, you can find comfort during long, hot summers too. (By the way, I really enjoyed researching and writing this post.)
My personal favorite posts from 2022...
We all possess a finite amount of money, time, energy, talent, and other life assets. How can we make the most of them and gain the greatest happiness?
To declutter once and for all, you must change your consumption habits and stop buying things that aren't necessary. Here's how to resist the lure of consumerism.
How to Uncover Your Treasures by Decluttering Your Keepsakes
Decluttering mementos and collections can be hard but worth it. Enjoy a curated mixture of items as you create space and freedom for your life today and into the future.
Frustrated by your cluttered closet? Find out why you buy so much, how to get what you need without shopping, and how to make your wardrobe workable.
Minimalism, with its promise of ease and freedom, sounds great. But what does it actually look like, and what are some practical steps to get there?
Abundance can block creativity, but limits enhance it. When we curb our belongings and activities, we become more decisive, imaginative, and skilled.
Of course we feel thankful when something good happens. But how can we feel hopeful and grateful when things don't go the way we want or need?
... and 3 oldies I think you'll enjoy
A minimalist mindset helps clarify what you love and use, and accommodates many styles and tastes, including current trends like Cottagecore.
Minimalism may have improved your life, but trying to nag, push, or guilt someone into decluttering will only drive a wedge between you. Here's how you can inspire change.
Wanting to "get the most for the money" leads us to buy cheap unnecessary junk because it's available, not because it's really what we desire or need. "Less, but better" is the perfect minimalist antidote.